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Don’t make the mistake

Please don’t mistake my daily lifestyle as some kind of diet fad. It’s not. Thanks or no thanks to some celebrities coming out say oh this gluten free diet is amazing my lifestyle has become a joke among some dieters.

There is a HUGE difference between someone claiming “sensitivity” and dieting for that and someone like me who is diagnosed with Celiac disease. Yes, all these studies are coming out saying that sensitivity may not even exist but Celiac does. Celiac Disease absolutely is life threatening if you read about it you will find that out.

I can 100% tell the difference if I have eaten something I should not have. Which is why I am extra careful when it comes to going out to eat anywhere. It’s why I prefer to cook in my own kitchen because I control the ingredients and the environment it’s being made in.

Also, I am at risk for a whole lot of other conditions because of Celiac Disease. My life expectancy is not terrible but not what a completely healthy persons is. There’s also that whole thing that getting diagnosed as an adult means you’re less likely to have your gut completely 100% heal from it.

A lot of people with Celiac Disease still deal with leaky guy symptoms. They still feel constantly bloated even when they shouldn’t. There’s a lot of side effects associated with it as well. Believe it or don’t believe it but depression and anxiety is also connected to celiac disease. Don’t take that the wrong way though the Celiac does not cause the depression it just doesn’t help those that already suffer from it.

Vitamin levels are hugely impacted by celiac disease. I have to take a multi vitamin daily and sometimes that’s not even enough and I need to take extra of certain vitamins. Celiac Disease is directly linked to your bodies ability to absorb the vitamins and nutrients that are in food. Which is why it becomes life threatening if not treated because your body will start to fail if it isn’t getting the nutrients it needs.

So don’t look at me when I say I need to eat gluten free as someone who is just being part of a crowd on a diet fad. I am doing it because I want to live and to experience life.

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Homemade sauce time…

Have you ever got an idea for dinner and then realized you didn’t have what you needed to make that dinner? That happened to me not once but TWICE today.

It all started when I wanted to make meat sauce. I had already had a burger for lunch so I didn’t want to use ground beef again. I thought I had bought ground turkey but didn’t. So I reached in and found sausage. So I improvised and pulled the skin off the sausage and used that as the ground meat.

Then I continued on and started making the pasta noodles. Once those were done and the meat was cooked I went into the cabinet to grab pasta sauce. Much to my disappointment the canned pasta sauce was not in the cabinet. I had forgotten to buy any.

Luckily, I had a can of whole peeled tomatoes. I had all the herbs that I needed. I had two little things of tomato paste. I have sugar and water. So my head went okay looks like you are going to do it the homemade sauce way.

So I pulled out my food processor and opened up the can of tomatoes. I threw them into the food processor and pulled them up. Then they went into the pot. Then I opened up the tomato paste cans and threw them into the mix. Then it was time to go into the herb cabinet and grab all of those things.

I was taught to never forget the bay leaf when making sauce. However, make sure once the sauce has simmered and absorbed the flavor to remove them. Then it was throw in all the spices.

Stir it all up together and then I first forgot to add water but the beauty of having a mother that cooks is I called her and asked why it was starting to burn. She reminded me to add water and sugar. So I added the sugar and water and then threw in the meat that I had cooked earlier. The result was a much better looking. Sauce that would not burn.

Now it just has to sit on the stove on low heat for a while and absorb all the flavorings.

Once it is done simmering give or take 45 minutes to an hour remove the bay leaf and it’s ready to go. If you’re in a hurry you can give it only the normal time frame but the longer you let it simmer gives it time to absorb the flavors you added.

So then my next adventure happened right as my sauce finished it’s simmer I lost power! So forgive me for showing my final product photo in somewhat darkness. This is the final product…and let me tell you the sauce was on point.

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What’s wrong with this world?

That is the question on my mind today. I may be late to the party but as soon as I found out what had happened in Las Vegas it broke my heart. I am a country music fan. I’ve been to country music concerts multiple times over. I never in a million years expected something like this to happen. I don’t say that to be insensitive to the natural disaster victims either because they need our help now more than ever as well. They need fresh water and food to survive. 

I just can’t even put into words what I think. I don’t understand how you could do this. What are you so angry about that you could just kill innocent lives. Is your life that bad that you kill complete strangers? 

For those of you that have the audacity to call Jason Aldean a coward. I never in a million years wish any of you had to be in the position he was in last night. To be a performer seeing your fans going from happy to being shot in front of your eyes. Do you think that he is feeling good today. He is probably feeling terrible. He probably didn’t even really know what was going on. All he knew was his security team yelling in his ear to get off stage. He had his very pregnant wife there with him so his mind of course went where any right persons mind went to his family. 

My other thought is why was there no security at the surrounding buildings. How did he get that much ammunition and weapons into a hotel. It’s terrible to say but maybe they need to now have security at the surrounding buildings of outdoor venues. Not just at the venue itself. They do it in NYC so why wouldn’t they do it in Vegas. He shot people from another hotel building! If they had snippers positioned on roofs he would have been down way before it got as worse as it did. 

You can agree to disagree but there is a serious problem in this country and in the world when it comes to gun violence. 

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Red lip classic

I am a huge fan of red lipsticks. I have many different brands of red lipsticks that I rotate through. I was never one for lipstick wearing until honestly my favorite singer, Taylor Swift started wearing red lipstick. I was never daring enough to wear it. Then one day I thought why not just do it. Ever since then red lips have become a sort of staple for me. 

To me wearing red lipstick brings about an inner confidence in me. I can’t really explain it or put it into words but it does. I’ve been told it compliments my hair very nicely since I have a small hint of red in my hair naturally. Usually when I wear red lipstick I notice I get a lot more compliments from people. 

However, today as I was passing by I heard someone make the suggestion that because I was wearing red lipstick I was “trying to get laid”. First of all that is highly offensive to someone like myself who has decided to not have sex again until marriage. Secondly, since when does the color lipstick you wear indicate if you want to have sex? I’ve had sex with no makeup on. 

Red lipstick is not about looking beautiful for anyone else. To me it is about looking good for myself and feeling confident and powerful. Red lipstick just has that ability to bring out a woman’s inner confidence and that is what is sexy. Confidence is sexy and don’t let anyone tell you any different! I say rock the red lipstick and do it with confidence and power!

One of my favorite reds smashbox always on liquid lip on bawse